The depth of field works really well for this image. I think the leaf in the foreground may be slightly out of focus - not 100% sure, though - but for the rest of the image the blur works perfectly. At first I thought the branches were moving, but then I noticed the shutter speed, which was very short at around 1/800th of a second. So the blur works just in such a way that it induces the feeling of movement in the observer. Some areas even look like they were painted in oil colors - splendid!
As a minor issue, I think the title - "Cold Sunrise" isn't that suited to the actual image. While it may reflect the time of day it was taken, it doesn't reflect the light and general feel of the picture as well I think. If anything, the dominant bluish grey sky and yellow lights in the background make me feel like I am looking at a picture that was taken in the late afternoon or early evening; like I said, this is just a very minor thing and doesn't affect the quality of the image itself.
One last thing is the aspect ratio you chose for this photo. I think the almost square ratio distracts from the more interesting parts of the image; a wider ratio may have been better while still showing enough of the sky in the background to capture and convey the atmosphere adequately.
As for the image composition: You went for a conservative approach - with the center of attention in the center of the image - which works very well for this kind of photo. Not much more to say really.
Overall this is a well-executed shot that is interesting and extremely enjoyable to look at. I'm looking forward to seeing similar works in the future!
Thanks for writting my first critique!
DeviantArt tends to decrease the quality of photos, and to make sure, I looked at the original file on my computer, and the leaf is in focus. I wish this didn't happen!
Yes, I love the blur I get with my 50mm f/1.8 lens! I use it all the time
I'm not great at titles! How about 'winter sun'?
I thought the crop was a bit off. I'll try cropping it to the way you suggested.
Thank you again!
Ah, so it was just my eyes then! Sorry about that, the resizing applied by dA sometimes tends to make it hard for me to recognize the focus correctly. That's why I often resize the images myself and apply a little smart sharpening (gaussian or lens blur).
And yes, winter sun does sound good.
Good work on the improved cropping. It works even better this way!